My Treasuring Poetry guest today is Arthur Rosch. His new poetry book, Feral Tenderness, has been on tour and I have really enjoyed introducing Art to other poetry lovers. Today he is sharing some of his favourite poems including a live reading. Thank you, Kaye Lynne Booth, for hosting us today.
To day, I am very excited to be hosting author and poet, Arthur Rosch, with his thoughts about poetry. I consider Art to be a brave poet as he poetry is so brutally honest and cuts to the core of difficult and emotional matters.
Over to Art:
My favorite poem is “Prophet”, written in 2001. Here it is:
Oh lord, oh lord,
what has befallen me?
That which I hoped to make straight
only becomes more twisted.
That which should be understood
only becomes more strange.
How did I come to this unexpected shore?
What am I to make of the walking wreck of myself?
I can still think, still work,
still speak in poems
in the sleepless time of the night.
It is a mixed gift, this life, it is hard
to feel so completely lost
in complexity I don’t know how I made.
I wanted to be a…
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